Philosophy of Psychiatry Today : Discussing the Harmful Dysfunction Concept of Mental Disorder - 19 juin 2010
Workshop organized by Denis Forest for the PHS2M Program
Université Paris Sorbonne, Amphithéâtre Émile Durkheim
Saturday June 19th, 2010
The definition of mental disorder as harmful dysfunction is closely linked to issues that are central to the contemporary debate in the philosophy of psychiatry. Suggested by the philosopher Jerome Wakefield, it can be characterized through its two main features. First, it has been elaborated in the spirit of a discussion of the DSM's approach of psychiatric taxonomy : Wakefield's position is defined in its close relation to psychiatric practice and its classificatory and therapeutic goals. Second, the main idea involved in the definition is that we should combine, rather than oppose, two ways of understanding mental disorders. One is biological and objective, as implied by the use of the biological concept of function-function being understood in an evolutionary perspective. The second is social and perspectival, with the idea of harmful consequences that are necessary to the ascription of mental disorder, and evaluated in a given context. Wakefield denies that mental illness is a myth. But he also denies that naturalism, without further qualification, is the alternative to a radical constructivist view.
During this workshop, we shall discuss Wakefield's position, its theoretical implications and empirical consequences.
Speakers : Derek Bolton, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London ; Maël Lemoine, Université de Tours ; Denis Forest, Université Lyon III Jean Moulin ; Rachel Cooper, Lancaster University ; Luc Faucher, Université du Québec, Montréal ; Jerome Wakefield, New York University, Tim Thornton, University of central Lancashire, Preston.
Website : http://www.phs2m.org/ and http://www.psychother.fr/
Saturday 19th June, 2010
Université Paris Sorbonne, Amphithéâtre Émile Durkheim 9 am – 4.30 pm
Morning : 9-12 am
- 9.00 - 9.30 : Registration
- 9.30 – 10.00 : " „Naturalism‟ and its alternatives in philosophy of psychiatry", Derek Bolton, Institute of Psychiatry, King‟s College, London
- 10.0 – 10.30 : "Is the evolutionary component of Wakefield's 'harmful-dysfunction analysis' stipulative ?", Maël Lemoine, Université de Tours
- 10.30 – 10.50 : Discussion and Questions
10.50 - 11.10 : Coffee Break
- 11.10- 11.40 : "Causal role functions and the explanation of autism", Denis Forest, Université Lyon III Jean Moulin
- 11.40 – 12.10 : "When is a dysfunction harmful ? ", Rachel Cooper, Lancaster University
- 12.10 – 12.30 : Discussion and Questions
12.30 - 2.00 : Lunch
Afternoon : 2- 4.30 pm
- 2.00 – 2.30 : "Philosophical naturalism and dysfunction", Tim Thornton, University of central Lancashire, Preston
- 2.30 – 3.00 : "HD analysis as a basis for empirical research on psychopathologies", Luc Faucher, Université du Québec, Montreal.
- 3.00 – 3.20 : Discussion and Questions
- 3.20 – 3.50 : Replies, Jerome Wakefield, New York University.
- 3.50 – 4.30 : General discussion
Access : 17 rue de la Sorbonne, 5e arrondissement, Paris